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Maria Venegas, 61, holds 20-month-old grandson Julian after giving him a bath outside. They live in Seville, California, a community in the San Joaquin Valley whose water system failed this summer but will soon be fixed. Maria rarely has running water in the house.  Farmers are guzzling ground...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
As California endures its fourth year of drought, water restrictions are taking effect across the state. On April 1, Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order implementing a mandatory 25 percent water cutback in cities and towns across the state from 2013 usage levels. It took effect June 1. B...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
About one third of Earth's largest groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted by human consumption, despite having little accurate data about how much water remains in them, according to two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and...
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Posted by on in General Environment
31. People in Sichuan, China were sadly looking at the polluted river. 32. Mexico City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, which has a population of 20 million people. 33. The beach of Bombay is covered with garbage. 34. Plastic bags are everywhere in the ocean, e...
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Posted by on in General Environment
21. The workers in Shanghang, Fujian, China, were cleaning the dirty water in the cesspool. 22. The smoke surrounded the buildings in Beijing. 23. In Pingba, China, a boy was swimming in the polluted reservoir. 24. In Shantou, Guangdong, China, a boy was walking in the dirty water full of g...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
In the wake of California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to enact mandatory restrictions on the use of water given the state's ongoing, historic drought, people nationwide have become obsessed with almonds. Not in the sense that people are buying and eating lots of almonds, mind you. In the sense that ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
New weather predictions show that our state's severe drought could be getting worse. A three month forecast from the National Weather Service calls for below-average rainfall and above average temperatures through December. Analysts say Lake Tahoe could drop to its natural rim for the first time s...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
About 60 percent of California is experiencing "exceptional drought," the U.S. Drought Monitor's most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California's last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879. Wit...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Here's a list of things that could now get you fined up to $500 a day in California, where a multi-year drought is sucking reservoirs and snowpacks dry: Spraying so much water on your lawn or garden that excess water flows onto non-planted areas, walkways, parking lots, or neighboring proper...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
A new study has found that manmade global warming likely intensified an unusual weather pattern that led to both the California drought and the cold and snowy winter in the eastern U.S. The study, accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first peer revi...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The end of the rainy season is nearly here, and California faces a long, dry summer with a Sierra snowpack that is only 33% of normal. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast for California through April 25, but the state still has another shot at a decent round of heavy precipitation ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
KPCC waded into the state's water crisis Wednesday, March 19. KPCC NEXT Science series host Matt Kaplan spoke with a panel that included a scientist, a policy expert and a water professional and asked them to weigh in on the problems facing California as it undergoes its most severe drought in decad...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. Drought has settled over the state like a dusty blanket, leaving much of the...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
High-country blizzards usually bury southern Sierra lake basins in late January, leaving lodgepole pine and red fir trees in snow drifts 15 feet deep. But snow surveyors making their usual visit this year to Kings Canyon National Park found something most had never seen at 10,300 feet in January. B...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
SACRAMENTO — In what could become one of California's biggest crises in years, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency Friday, an action that sets the stage for new state and federal efforts. The governor also wants to focus Californians on the possibility of water shortag...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
As California's drought deepens, 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said Tuesday. In some communities, wells are running dry. In others, reservoirs are nearly empty. Some have long-running problems that predate the drought. ...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
When the rain stopped falling in Texas, the prairie grass yellowed, the soil cracked and oil drillers were confronted with a crisis. After years of easy access to cheap, plentiful water, the land they prized for its vast petroleum wealth was starting to dry up. At first, the drought that took hold ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
PARIS — A leaden cloak of responsibility lies on the shoulders of UN scientists as they put the final touches to the first volume of a massive report that will give the world the most detailed picture yet of climate change. Due to be unveiled in Stockholm on September 27, the document will be scrut...
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Posted by on in Energy Efficiency
When we flip on a light, we rarely think about water.  But electricity generation is the biggest user of water in the United States.  Thermoelectric power plants alone use more than 200 billion gallons of water a day – about 49 percent of the nation’s total water withdrawals. La...
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